Meet the Team
Home staging and interior design are among her passions
Anabelle Rondon is a strategic and passionate advocate for diverse and inclusive civic engagement driving community change. She has over 15 years of experience organizing communities to effectively engage in the creation of vibrant places policies that center the communities they will impact. Anabelle plays many roles close to her heart, all focused on the power of networks and building community. She has led extensive work in engaging, empowering, connecting and improving the network of civic leaders and public-private stakeholders as they each commit to build, strengthen, and advocate for neighborhood investment.
Housing advocacy is an anchor interest in her career. She has helped cultivate a network of over 2,000+ community champions statewide who mobilize and take action not only on state legislature but also locally. Given that planning, zoning and housing institutions have played a significant role in the racial segregation of our communities, Anabelle has elevated the need for planners and other development professionals to play a role in helping to dismantle their own legacy of institutional racism. Many of these efforts include promoting leadership inclusion in influential positions, developing a network of Planners of Color who are calling for greater diversity and access in the planning field and integrating a housing equity frame into national conversations such as YIMBYtown – a national convening of pro-housing “yes in my backyard” activists.
Anabelle came to LivableStreets from the MA Smart Growth Alliance, where she directed the Great Neighborhoods Program, a platform that develops and disseminate evidence-based resources, tools and ideas to inform the actions of local activists as a means to create more livable, affordable communities that are culturally and economically vibrant in Massachusetts. Anabelle has had the privilege of serving on numerous boards and advisory committees across Massachusetts and New York City—two communities she has dedicated herself to investing in since moving to the United States from her native Dominican Republic.
Anabelle has been living in the Merrimack Valley for over 15 years and moved to Haverhill about 3 years ago when she and her partner Jose Daniel are raising Penelope, their little girl. She runs a Real Estate business with her partner and enjoys home décor blogging and spending time with her family during her free time.
Ms. Rondon earned a bachelor’s degree in business management at Cambridge College and a master’s in public administration from the School of Public Affairs at The City University of New York (CUNY).